This Week on One Detroit:

Wayne State University, Henry Ford College create transfer pathway to earn four-year degree 

Henry Ford College and Wayne State University have teamed up to help clear some of the existing hurdles higher education students face when seeking a four-year degree. A new initiative, titled “Henry Ford College Learn4ward and Wayne State Transfer Pathways,” will provide Henry Ford College students, once they’ve completed their associate degree, guaranteed admission and a full credit transfer to Wayne State University as a junior to earn a bachelor’s degree.  

Students must earn a cumulative 2.5 or higher GPA on a minimum of 60 credits, as well as earn their associate degree, to be eligible for the transfer. The new program also supports Michigan’s 60×30 initiative to increase the number residents who have a four-year degree or professional credentials to 60% by 2030.  

One Detroit Producer and Future of Work host Will Glover sat down with Henry Ford College President Russell Kavalhuna about the impact the program will have on the future of education and work in Michigan. They talk about how the program could make Michigan’s workforce more competitive, the renewed focus on higher education across the state, how the program helps Michigan’s 60×30 goal, and where Southeast Michigan residents can learn more. 

Building Black Development: The state of Black real estate development in Detroit

The real estate development industry is dealing with a representation crisis. According to a March 2023 study from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Grove Impact, minority developers — Black and Hispanic — together make up less than 1% of the entire real estate industry. African Americans make up 0.4% of the industry, while Hispanic developers represent only 0.16% of the industry.    

These findings point to the constraints many minority developers face trying to enter the industry. In Detroit, a city with a majority-African American population, where does the state of Black real estate development stand?  

One Detroit contributor Stephen Henderson moderates a robust discussion with local African American developers and leaders from organizations that are providing resources and tools to help level the playing field for minority developers. They talk about neighborhood development, Black women in real estate development, and the financial resources available to Black real estate developers.  

These conversations come from American Black Journal and BridgeDetroit’s virtual town hall titled, “Building Black Development.”

Detroit-born violinist Regina Carter receives 2023 NEA Jazz Master Award

Detroit-born violinist extraordinaire Regina Carter has racked up another prestigious musical honor: the 2023 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Fellowship Award for jazz advocacy. Carter will receive the award alongside fellow Detroit jazz saxophonist Kenny Garrett and drummer Louis Hayes at a celebratory award ceremony and concert at The Kennedy Center on Saturday, April 1, for the start of Jazz Appreciation Month. 90.9 WRCJ will livestream the award ceremony and concert. 

As a now sought-after violinist across the globe, Carter began perfecting her craft at the early age of four years old. After graduating from Cass Technical High School, Carter studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and at Oakland University, before gaining her first glimpse of fame through the all-female jazz group Straight Ahead. Since then, Carter has racked up accolades as a MacArthur “Genuis” Award recipient and a Doris Duke Artist Award, and now the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship.  

In recognition of Women’s History Month, One Detroit contributor Linda Yohn of 90.9 WRCJ sits down with Regina Carter to talk about her latest honor. Carter shares how she’s still in shock yet honored to be chosen by the NEA, and how awards like this one are the green lights that let her know she’s going in the right direction. Plus, they discuss the variety of music Carter creates, from jazz to R&B, Latin, classical, blues, country, pop, African and more, and how those sounds all draw from the experiences she had as a child growing up in Detroit. 

One Detroit Weekend: March 31, 2023

Are you looking for some arts, culture, music and family-friendly fun to experience in Southeast Michigan this weekend? From Detroit’s brewing history to Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and the Motor City Blues Festival, metro Detroit has several things planned for the weekend. 

One Detroit contributor Dave Wagner of 90.9 WRCJ shares what’s happening around metro Detroit during the March 31 weekend and into next week on “One Detroit Weekend.” 

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Audra Kubat performs ‘Oh Mother’ for ‘Detroit Performs: Live from Marygrove” season 12 kickoff

Detroit Performs: Live from Marygrove” is back with a new season. Kicking off the season premiere is singer/songwriter, producer and educator Audra Kubat, who has curated the season premiere, airing April 5.  

Watch Kubat’s “Detroit Performs: Live from Marygrove” performance, where she is joined by her friend and fellow singer/songwriter Emily Rose, as well as the Detroit Women’s Chorus, to sing Kubat’s original song “Oh Mother.” 

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